What is a Circuit Rider?
Circuit Riders are mobile, independent workers who provide technology development and support work to several small third sector organisations, many of whom can't afford to employ their own technology staff. Circuit Riders also work in collaboration with other Circuit Riders.
How can a Circuit Rider help us?
Circuit Riders have a range of skills from strategic to technical and can help organisations with aspects of technology including:
- Supporting your software and systems
- Recommending or offering resources
- Writing technology strategies
- Drawing up budgets
- Training staff to manage and plan how they use technology
Why should we use a Circuit Rider?
Circuit Riders understand the third sector. They are committed to its success.
They don't want to sell you anything. They aim to develop your organisation's skills and knowledge so that you can ultimately manage your own technology needs.
How is Lasa involved?
We have run circuit rider projects (PDF) to support third sector organisations and published the Circuit Riders 2.0 Guide (PDF). We maintained the UK Riders mailing list, a support resource for Circuit Riders. We have developed principles (PDF) and quality and competency standards (PDF).
For more information and resources on circuit riding please see the lasa knowledgebase.
What our clients say
‘My confidence grew considerably as a result of the Lasa Circuit Rider Project and through dealing with the ICT issues that we had.... the confidence I got from working with Lasa now means that I feel much more able to discuss ICT and understand what we need.'
Stephen Hawkins, Age Concern Hounslow
"The Circuit rider course was fantastic...Lots of new ideas like using video to tell [our] story to funders" - Indira Beqiri CARIS
"Wanted to say a really big thank you to Lasa for making the conference happen this year. Like last year, I found it really enjoyable and super useful - was great to have the chance to talk and learn and make connections, etc. There were lots of people I didn't get a chance to talk to that I'd have liked to but hey ho, there's always next year, I hope!"- 2009 Circuit Rider Conference attendee